Farouk Shami's file:

Democrat from Texas

Farouk Shami is a Palestinian-born businessman from Houston. He is the founder and chairman of Farouk Systems, Inc., a $1 billion corporation known for it's BioSilk and CHI hair care product lines.

Recent statements involving Farouk Shami

"Farouk is on fire."

"Mayor White has major stake in Barnett Shale production company."

"My opponent... lost 43,000 jobs in Houston since he took over; we are losing jobs."

"We have killed lots of innocent people in the state of Texas."

"When we go to vote, they ask for driver's license and verify that you are a voter and a citizen in the state of Texas."

Recent stories featuring Farouk Shami

Rick Perry pitch touches on fact-checked claims:

Perry’s fresh pitch-and-woo for businesses to move to Texas touches on established claims about jobs and people heading our way.

The Truth-O-Meter rated the claims Mostly True to False.

My opponent is... RICH!:

A quarter century ago, legislative hopeful Rick Perry of Haskell filed paperwork with the state indicating he was worth about $13,000. By 2009, we figure, Gov. Perry was worth a little more than $1 million. That is, his net worth increased 77-fold in 24 years.

Why care? Well, how politicians make money is often an attack point — sometimes clear-cut enough for the Truth-O-Meter.

Candidates use and abuse numbers to make a point:

An $18 billion budget shortfall plus $1.7 billion in operating losses plus 850,000 jobs adds up to fodder for the Truth-O-Meter.

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